Listen!

Listen!

by Gary Lewis & the Playboys
     
 

Gary Lewis was one of the very few American pop stars who was drafted and served in the military during the Vietnam War, and the slightly goofy but well-crafted pop
ock records that were his stock in trade were rapidly going out of style as Lewis entered the service in 1967. Listen!, recorded while Lewis was on leave, was intended to serve two purposes: to…  See more details below

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Gary Lewis was one of the very few American pop stars who was drafted and served in the military during the Vietnam War, and the slightly goofy but well-crafted pop
ock records that were his stock in trade were rapidly going out of style as Lewis entered the service in 1967. Listen!, recorded while Lewis was on leave, was intended to serve two purposes: to keep him in the public eye while he was overseas, and to update his sound and approach as psychedelia and heavy rock where becoming the dominant sounds in rock & roll. Listen! is a long way from psychedelia, but it's significantly artier and more ambitious than "This Diamond Ring," "She's Just My Style," or any of Lewis' other hits; "Happiness" is largely cut from the same cloth, but the Phil Spector-esque production was clearly on the grand side for Lewis. Producer Gary Klein selected some excellent material for Lewis, including two Tim Hardin numbers ("Reason to Believe" and "Don't Make Promises"), John Sebastian's "Six O'Clock," and three tunes by Alan Gordon and Garry Bonner of the Magicians (one of which, "She'd Rather Be with Me," was recorded around the same time by the Turtles and became a hit). Jack Nitzsche arranged the sessions (with session musicians taking the place of the Playboys), and he transforms these songs into stylish pop that's sophisticated, engaging, and more forward-thinking than anyone might have expected from a Gary Lewis album. And while no one ever described Lewis as one of the great singers of his generation, Klein and Nitzsche clearly worked with him on Listen!, and he sounds sure and confident on this album; the material doesn't stretch his range, but the where he often sounded clumsy on his hits, he approaches this material with aplomb. Listen! is something less than a lost classic, but for a guy who was never considered to be an artist of lasting importance, it shows that given the right material and careful nurturing, he had it in him to make a worthwhile album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2010
Label:
Now Sounds
UPC:
5013929062023
catalogNumber:
2906202
Rank:
88271

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Tracks

  1. Jill  - Gary Lewis
  2. Don't Make Promises  - Gary Lewis
  3. She'd Rather Be With Me  - Gary Lewis
  4. Look, Here Comes the Sun  - Gary Lewis
  5. Happiness  - Gary Lewis
  6. Bring the Whole Family  - Gary Lewis
  7. Reason To Believe  - Gary Lewis
  8. New Day  - Gary Lewis
  9. Small Talk  - Gary Lewis
  10. Angel on the Corner  - Gary Lewis
  11. Six O'Clock  - Gary Lewis
  12. Young and Carefree  - Gary Lewis
  13. Jill  - Gary Lewis
  14. Don't Make Promises  - Gary Lewis
  15. She'd Rather Be With Me  - Gary Lewis
  16. Look, Here Comes The Sun  - Gary Lewis
  17. Happiness  - Gary Lewis
  18. Bring the Whole Family  - Gary Lewis
  19. Reason To Believe  - Gary Lewis
  20. New Day  - Gary Lewis
  21. Small Talk  - Gary Lewis
  22. Angel on the Corner  - Gary Lewis
  23. Six O'Clock  - Gary Lewis
  24. Young and Carefree  - Gary Lewis
  25. Jill  - Gary Lewis
  26. New In Town  - Gary Lewis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Lewis & the Playboys   Primary Artist
Gary Lewis   Indexed Contributor
Casey   Guitar
Don Randi   Piano,Keyboards
Bud Shank   Saxophone
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
John Baker   Percussion
Norman Botnick   Strings
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
John Clauder   Percussion
Irving Geller   Strings
Carol Kaye   Bass
Michael Lang   Piano,Keyboards
Jack Nimitz   Saxophone
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Darrel Terwilliger   Strings
Russ Titelman   Guitar
Robert West   Bass
Irving Lipschultz   Strings
Emil Briano   Strings
John Vidusich   Trombone
Toxey Sewell   Drums
Curry Tjader   Percussion
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Joseph Quadri   Strings
John Peter Devoogdt   Strings
Jau Migliori   Saxophone
Louis Blackburn   Trombone

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Terence Boylan   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Garry Bonner   Composer
John Boylan   Composer
Alan Gordon   Composer
John Haeny   Engineer
Gary Klein   Producer
Hank Levine   Arranger
Andrew Sandoval   Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Stanley   Producer,Art Direction,Layout
Robert Dobyne   Composer
Jacobs   Composer
Klein   Producer
Rubin   Producer
Charles Edward Jones   Composer
Lewis Perles   Composer
Ruth Lerman   Composer

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